Paul and Chris begin with a quick Super Bowl recap (from a uniform perspective, of course) and then talk about the Cleveland Browns’ newly released 75th-anniversary logo, which leads them into a deep discussion of the surprisingly nuanced world of anniversary patches.
Here are some of the patches that are covered in the discussion:
- This is the Browns’ newly released anniversary logo.
- From 1925, the National League’s “Golden Jubilee” patch.
- From 1951, the American League’s “Golden Anniversary” patch and the National League’s 75th-anniversary patch.
- From 1953, the Yankees’ “50 Years” patch — the first patch of its type ever to be worn by an MLB team.
- After the Yankees’ patch, it would be another 23 years before a team celebrated its own history with a patch. That was the Cubs, who marked their centennial with this patch in 1976.
- In the NHL, the 1948-49 Boston Bruins celebrated their 25th anniversary with their jersey crest, instead of going with a separate patch. That anniversary crest became the basis for their famous “spoke-B” logo.
- A quarter-century later, the Bruins also became the first NHL team to wear a separate anniversary patch, as they celebrated their half-century benchmark.
- We didn’t get around to discussing this in this episode, but it’s worth noting that the NFL’s first team-anniversary didn’t appear until 1982, when the Steelers celebrated 50 seasons.
- Teams sometimes get mixed up about the difference between anniversaries and seasons. The 1986 Mets, for example, wore a patch marking their “25th anniversary,” but it was actually their 25th season (and thus their 24th anniversary.)
- Similarly, here’s Chris’s Blue Jays “10th anniversary” pocket schedule, which was actually for their 10th season in 1986.
- Anniversary patches have become a very detail-specific design category, as seen in this insanely detailed infographic that the San Jose Sharks recently created for their new 30th-anniversary patch.
- Here’s a good example of a team using a big Roman numeral “X” for its 10th-season patch.
- Basketball jerseys don’t leave much room for patches, so the NBA had teams wear this (very large) patch on their (very short) shorts to mark the league’s 35th anniversary in 1980-81.
- Last but not least, here’s Chris drinking out of his SportsLogos.net 20th-anniversary coffee mug, with Blue Jays-style inlined number (but no Roman numerals!)
- You can read more of Paul’s thoughts about anniversary patches in this Uni Watch blog post from 2016.